Iran's Olympic medalist Kimia Alizadeh says she's defected

  
Via:  xdm9mm  •  3 months ago  •  13 comments

Iran's Olympic medalist Kimia Alizadeh says she's defected
Affectionately known in Iran as "The Tsunami," Alizadeh announced she was leaving her birth country with searing criticism the regime in Tehran.

There are many more in Iran with the same feelings as Kimia.  The current regime uses fear and force to stay in power.

Support the Iranians when they demand the freedoms they have been denied since 1979.


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Iran's sole female Olympic medalist Kimia Alizadeh announced that she has permanently left her country for Europe.

"Let me start with a greeting, a farewell or condolences," the 21-year--old wrote in an Instagram post explaining why she was defecting. "I am one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran who they have been playing with for years."

Alizadeh became the first Iranian woman to win an Olympic medal after claiming taekwondo bronze in the -57kg category during the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Affectionately known in Iran as "The Tsunami," Alizadeh announced she was leaving her birth country with searing criticism the regime in Tehran.

"They took me wherever they wanted. I wore whatever they said. Every sentence they ordered me to say, I repeated. Whenever they saw fit, they exploited me," she wrote, adding that credit always went to those in charge.

"I wasn't important to them. None of us mattered to them, we were tools," Alizadeh goes on to say, explaining that while the regime celebrated her medals, it criticized the sport she had chosen: "The virtue of a woman is not to stretch her legs!"

Reports of her defection first surfaced Thursday, with some Iranians suggesting she had left for the Netherlands. It's unclear from her post what specific country she's gone to.

On Friday, the head of Iran's Taekwondo Federation, Seyed Mohammad Pouladgar, claimed that Alizadeh had assured both her father and her coach that she was traveling as part of her vacation, a trip he claimed was paid for by the Iranian government. He dismissed the reports of Alizadeh's defection as politically motivated rumors amplified by the foreign media.

Alizadeh confirmed the rumors Saturday, saying she "didn't want to sit at the table of hypocrisy, lies, injustice and flattery" and that she did not want to be complicit with the regime's "corruption and lies."

"My troubled spirit does not fit with your dirty economic ties and tight political lobbies. I wish for nothing else than for Taekwondo, safety and for a happy and healthy life, she said adding that she was not invited to go to Europe.

She said the decision was harder than winning Olympic gold. "I remain a daughter of Iran wherever I am," she said.

Her defection comes amid anti-government protests in cities across Iran on Saturday and international pressure after Iran admitted it had accidentally shot down a Ukrainian flight, killing all 176 people aboard.

Canada, Sweden and other countries whose citizens were killed have increased demands on Tehran to deliver a complete and transparent investigation against the backdrop of fresh US sanctions on Iran and a dangerous escalation with Washington.

US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus commented on Alizadeh's defection.

"Iran will continue to lose more strong women unless it learns to empower and support them," she said.


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XDm9mm
1  seeder  XDm9mm    3 months ago
"They took me wherever they wanted. I wore whatever they said. Every sentence they ordered me to say, I repeated. Whenever they saw fit, they exploited me,"

Much like all authoritarian regimes globally.    

 
 
 
r.t..b...
1.1  r.t..b...  replied to  XDm9mm @1    3 months ago
Much like all authoritarian regimes globally. 

Agreed, and more power to Kimia Alizadeh in her newfound freedom to express her opinions and shine light on this regressive regime.

It is also good to see the Russian Federation has been banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency from competing in the Tokyo Olympics and the next World Cup. All any true athlete wants is to compete on a level playing field.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
2  Sean Treacy    3 months ago

Good for her.

It would be nice if this helped spotlight how terrible life in Iran is for it's residents. Per Gallup this is the unhappiest Iranians have been in the history of their polling with their living conditions, and that poll was taken before the Iranian government killed 1,500 Iranians a couple months ago for voicing their dissatisfaction.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
2.1  seeder  XDm9mm  replied to  Sean Treacy @2    3 months ago
It would be nice if this helped spotlight how terrible life in Iran is for it's residents.

It will be getting much worse in the coming days.  I spoke with an Iranian I used to work with and he's noted that it's reached a true boiling point with the people.

Hopefully, they'll get the moral/verbal support from Trump and his administration to do what they've been longing to do.  A complete regime change.

 
 
 
Split Personality
2.1.1  Split Personality  replied to  XDm9mm @2.1    3 months ago

Like I said elsewhere, the airline tragedy will cause ripples throughout Iran that the Ayatollah cannot explain away with "God's will".

The regime will fall as all Administrations have hoped for since 1979.

It's just a matter of time.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
2.1.2  Sean Treacy  replied to  XDm9mm @2.1    3 months ago

they'll get the moral/verbal support from Trump and his administration to do what they've been longing to do

The most liked tweet in the history of Persian twitter:

“To the brave and suffering Iranian people: I have stood with you since the beginning of my presidency and my government will continue to stand with you. We are following your protests closely. Your courage is inspiring,” Trump wrote.

به مردم شجاع و رنج کشیده ایران: من از ابتدای دوره ریاست جمهوریم با شما ایستاده‌ام و دولت من همچنان با شما خواهد ایستاد. ما اعتراضات شما را از نزدیک دنبال می کنیم. شجاعت شما الهام بخش است. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)   January 11, 2020
 
 
 
Sean Treacy
2.1.3  Sean Treacy  replied to  Sean Treacy @2.1.2    3 months ago

Contrast that with Pelosi, who refuses to say she supports the protests.

 
 
 
Donald J. Trump Fan #1
2.1.4  Donald J. Trump Fan #1  replied to  Sean Treacy @2.1.3    3 months ago

Pelosi wanted to support the other side protesting the death of the terrorist chanting death to America in response to what Trump did.  She in no way supports anti Iranian government protests that Trump supports.  

 
 
 
Kathleen
3  Kathleen    3 months ago

I wish her well with her new outlook.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
4  Ed-NavDoc    3 months ago

One very courageous young lady. I wish her all the best wherever she decides to settle.

 
 
 
Donald J. Trump Fan #1
4.1  Donald J. Trump Fan #1  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @4    3 months ago

I too wish her well.  

 
 
 
Sparty On
5  Sparty On    3 months ago

Sounds like she will be a great addition to whatever country she chooses.    Best of luck wherever you go Kimia and watch your back.    I wouldn’t put it past the radicals in your country to come after you.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
5.1  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Sparty On @5    3 months ago

They have done it before. A guy by the name of Salman Rushdie comes to mind. Author of The Satanic Verses.

 
 
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